COPE featured in the launch of the Social Prescribing Portugal Network

On April 7th, the COPE project was prominently featured at a Social Prescription event hosted by ENSP NOVA. During the event, researcher Maria João Marques and link worker Filipa Luz shared insights into the implementation of COPE and the key benefits it has brought to young people in NEET situation. A particularly powerful moment came when Lara Ferreira, a young woman who was also in NEET situation before being involved in the COPE project, inspired the audience by sharing her personal journey and how COPE has had a positive impact on her life.

The event, which launched the national network for social prescription and brought together 400 people, had the high patronage of the President of the Republic and was sponsored by the British Embassy in Lisbon. It also received institutional support from several important entities, including the Executive Directorate of the National Health Service, Portugal Social Innovation, the Social Security Institute, the General Directorate of Health, the Tagus Valley Regional Coordination and Development Commission, the Health in Dialogue Platform and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Additionally, it also featured two international figures from the network: Michael Dixon, Chair of the College of Medicine, Head of the Royal Medical Household, and representative of the National Social Prescribing Network, and Charlotte Osborn-Forde, Chief Executive Officer of the National Academy for Social Prescribing UK.

An important event that highlights the positive impact of COPE and Social Prescription on the community!